- Title: Author Margaret Atwood honoured at Windsor Castle
- Date: 25th October 2019
- Summary: LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - SEPTEMBER 9, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ADVERTISEMENT IN SHOP WINDOW FOR BOOK LAUNCH VARIOUS OF COPIES OF "THE TESTAMENTS" IN BOOK SHOP (NIGHT SHOT) GROUP OF ACTORS DRESSED AS "HANDMAIDS" WALKING PAST FANS QUEUING OUTSIDE WATERSTONES AHEAD OF BOOK LAUNCH (NIGHT SHOT) "HANDMAIDS" STANDING LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (FILE - SEPTEMBER 9, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF COPIES OF "THE TESTAMENTS" BEING SOLD NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (FILE - APRIL 13, 2018) (REUTERS) ATWOOD POSING FOR PICTURES
- Embargoed: 8th November 2019 11:52
- Keywords: Royals honour at Windsor castle Margaret Atwood The Testaments Order of the Companions
- Location: WINDSOR AND LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM /NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES /TORONTO, CANADA / OVIEDO, SPAIN / FRANKFURT, GERMANY
- City: WINDSOR AND LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM /NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES /TORONTO, CANADA / OVIEDO, SPAIN / FRANKFURT, GERMANY
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Books,Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA002B2LJ03R
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- Story Text: An "emotional" Margaret Atwood added to her long list of accolades on Friday (October 25) as the Canadian author became a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for her services to literature at a ceremony at Britain's Windsor Castle.
Dressed in a dark dress, colourful scarf and red hat, the 79-year-old, who wrote the best-selling 1985 dystopian novel "The Handmaid's Tale", received the honour from Britain's Queen Elizabeth, 93.
Atwood later posed for photos outside Windsor Castle.
Founded by King George V in 1917, the award is given to those who have made "a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine or government lasting over a long period of time" and there are 65 members at any one time, according to the official royal website.
Current members include actress Maggie Smith, former British Prime Minister John Major and Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan.
Atwood this month won the prestigious literary Booker Prize, in a rare joint double award with British author Bernardine Evaristo, for "The Testaments", the Canadian's hugely anticipated sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale".
Atwood, who has a long list of prizes and honorary degrees to her name, has written more than 40 books of fiction, essays and poetry.
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